Tuesday, July 5, 2011


[Ancestral Link: Marguerite Anderson (Miller), daughter of Hannah Anderson (Anderson), daughter of Mary Margaret Edmiston (Anderson), daughter of Martha Jane Snow (Edmiston), daughter of Gardner Snow, son of James Snow, son of Zerrubbabel Snow, son of Abigail Brigham (Snow), daughter of Gershom Brigham, son of Mary Rice (Brigham), daughter of Henry Rice, son of Thomasine Frost (Rice).]

Rice Family Memorial Headstone, North Cemetery, Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts



Thomasine Frost (1600 - 1654) Thomasine Frost was baptized on 11 August 1600 at Saint James Church, Stanstead, county Suffolk, England.1,2,3,4 She was the daughter of Edward Frost and Thomasine Belgrave. Deacon Edmund Rice married 1st Thomasine Frost on 15 October 1618 at Saint Marys Church, Bury Saint Edmunds, co Suffolk, England.5,1,6,7 She died on 13 June 1654 at Sudbury, Massachusetts; under the name Rice.1,8 She and Deacon Edmund Rice resided in 1627 at Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England.9,10
Children of Thomasine Frost and Deacon Edmund Rice:
Henry Rice+
Mary Rice
Deacon Edward Rice+
Thomas Rice+
Lydia Rice+
Matthew Rice+
Daniel Rice
Samuel Rice+
Joseph Rice+
Benjamin Rice+

[S3] Edmund Rice (1638) Association, A Genealogical Register of Edmund Rice Descendants (Rutland, Vermont: The Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1970), p. 1. Hereinafter cited as Rice Gen'l Register.
[S35] Harold F Potter, The American Genealogist (n.p.: n.pub., July 1988), p. 134.
[S53] Mary Lovering Holman, The American Genealogist (n.p.: n.pub., 1933-34), pp. 134-135.
[S258] Harold F Porter, The American Genealogist (n.p.: n.pub., January/April 1986), pp. 165-166.
[S1] Andrew Henshaw Ward, Genealogical History of THE RICE FAMILY: Descendants of DEACON EDMUND RICE (Boston, Massachusetts: C. Benjamin Richardson, 1858). Hereinafter cited as Rice Family (Ward).
[S258] Harold F Porter, The American Genealogist (n.p.: n.pub., January/April 1986), p. 166.
[S1171] Letter from Dr Joanna Martin (Oak Tree Farm, Finborough Road, Hitcham, Ipswich, England 1P7 7LS) to Dr Robert V Rice, 13 November 1997;. During her examination of the Stanstead parish records pertaining to the Edmund Rice family, Dr Martin found that several of the dates did not agree with dates previously recorded in Edmund Rice (1638) Association records. Several were from The American Genealogist 1933-4, information that had been transcribed by other that the TAG author. Dr Martin had the dates from the TAG article and was able to confirm that her dates were the correct ones. Dr Martin observed that the dates were in Roman numerals and speculated that the original transcriber may have been unfamiliar Roman numerals..
[S2365] Sudbury Massachusetts, Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), p. 323. Hereinafter cited as Sudbury, Massachusetts, Vital Records.
[S53] Mary Lovering Holman, The American Genealogist (n.p.: n.pub., 1933-34), p. 136.
[S120] David Kent Young, The Ancestry of Siobhan Eddy Young (West Wardsboro, Vermont: David Kent Young, 1996). Hereinafter cited as Young, Siobhan Eddy.
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Cousins Thomasine Frost and Edmund Rice were first cousins. Her father, Edward Frost, and his mother, Elizabeth Frost, were siblings.
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EDMUND AND TOMASINE FROST Edmund Frost was born in the neighborhood of Hartest, County of Suffolk, England, about the year 1600. He must have early associated himself with the non-conformist or dissenting portion of the Protestant element in England. Even attendance at such services to the neglect of the established church, was visited with the severest punishment, which sometimes did not stop short of fine and imprisonment. Mr. Clinsworth in his "Counterpoyson" refers to the fact that while the famous English divine, Mr. Robinson, was preaching secretly near Norwich, Norfolk County, England, (1600-4), certain members of his congregation "were excommunicated for restoring unto and praying with him." Edmund Frost married at Hartest, about the year 1630, a woman whose first name was "Thomasine." His first son, John, was born in England about the year 1632. On October 16, 1634, Edmund Frost, with his wife and son John, boarded the ship great Hope (Captain Gurling) at Ipswich, England, for Boston, Massachusetts. He was one of the leaders of Reverend Thos. Shepard’s party, whom religious persecution had driven to seek refuge in America. Reverend Thomas Shepard, in his autobiography, referred to him as "his most dear brother Frost." In the words of Edmund Frost’s great grandson, Reverend Amariah Frost, "he came to the then savage wilderness of America to escape the more savage oppression of England." The Great hope was shipwrecked off Yarmouth, but Edmund Frost and all the rest of the passengers on the ship were saved. After some delay the ship "Defence" was secured (captain Bostock, master) and on his ship Edmund Frost sailed for Boston from Gravesend, Kent County, England, on August 10, 1635. Owing to the difficulties arising over the persecution of all dissenters by the government at that time, Edmund Frost, as well as Rev. Thomas Shepard himself and others, had to embark under an assumed name, else they could have not escaped the "poursuivants" as the officers were called. On October 2, 1635, the ship "Defence" arrived in Boston harbor. The company almost to the man at once moved over and located at Cambridge, Massachusetts. This place had already been settled by Reverend Thomas Hooker and his party, but the latter had made their plans for emigrating to Connecticut. It thus appears that the first real permanent settlement at Cambridge, Massachusetts, was made by Reverend Thomas Shepard and his colony of immigrants. This included representatives of the following families, all of whom are connected with the earliest history of Cambridge, to wit: Shepard, Frost, Champney, Goffe, Cooke, and Norton.In the first allotment of lands we find Edmund Frost located on what is known at this day as the westerly side of Dunster Street, between Harvard Square and Mt. Auburn Street. On March 3, 1636, Edmund Frost was admitted and enrolled as a freeman of Cambridge. Governor Winthrop, in his Journal, speaks about attending on the 11th day of February, 1636, the installation of Reverend Thomas Shepard, as pastor, and his two elders into their respective offices in the first church at Cambridge.The two elders were, undoubtedly, Edmund frost and Richard Champney. He describes the entire ceremony with great minuteness of detail. Then Colonel William Goffe in his "Diary," speaks of visiting Elder Edmund Frost on August 23, 1660, and observed to him that a glorious saint makes a lowly cottage a stately palace. "Were I to take my choice I would rather abide with this saint in his poor cottage than with any of the princes that I know of at this day in the world." Indeed, it appears from the records of Cambridge that Edmund Frost never prospered in the worldly sense, but always was poor in purse. But though not gifted with wealth, he was a most godly man and greatly respected. During his life at Cambridge, from 1635 until his death in 1672, eight children were born. He wife Thomasine, died and he remarried later. He was noted all his days as a most pious and humble Christian, a faithful disciple of the Master. In every way a worthy progenitor of the great family which bears his name. Thomas G. Frost, in Frost family in England and America, with special reference to Edmund Frost by Edward Lysander Frost
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